Metric Handbook

Metric Handbook : Planning and Design Data

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Significantly updated in reference to the latest construction standards and new building types

Sustainable design integrated into chapters throughout

Over half of the entire book has now been updated since 2015

Over 100,000 copies sold to successive generations of architects and designers

This book belongs in every design office.

The Metric Handbook is the major handbook of planning and design data for architects and architecture students. Covering basic design data for all the major building types it is the ideal starting point for any project. For each building type, the book gives the basic design requirements and all the principal dimensional data, and succinct guidance on how to use the information and what regulations the designer needs to be aware of.

As well as buildings, the Metric Handbook deals with broader aspects of design such as materials, acoustics and lighting, and general design data on human dimensions and space requirements. The Metric Handbook is the unique reference for solving everyday planning problems.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 890 pages
  • 210 x 297 x 43.18mm | 2,132g
  • Routledge
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 6th New edition
  • 1257 Line drawings, black and white; 73 Halftones, black and white; 386 Tables, black and white; 1330 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138714682
  • 9781138714687
  • 134,926

Table of contents

Preface Acknowledgements Design Basics 1. Design Information and Dimensional Coordination Terry Nichols with David King 2. People and Space Revised by Professor Norman Wienand 3. People and Movement Revised by Professor Norman Wienand 4. Access and Inclusion Neil Smith and David Dropkin 5. Capital and Whole Life Costs of Buildings David Holmes and Chris Bicknell Essentials 6. Structure Revised by Andrew Peters, Arthur Lyons (materials). Original text: David Adler and Norman Seward 7. Materials Arthur Lyons with AHR Architects 8. Thermal Environment Phil Jones 9. Light Joe Lynes 10. Sound Chris Steel 11. Fire Beryl Menzies 12. Flood-aware Design Robert Barker and Richard Coutts 13. Crime Prevention Design Nick Hughes Building Types 14. Agricultural Buildings John Weller, Rod Sheard, Frank Bradbeer and others 15. Auditoria Revised by Mark Foley and Stefanie Fischer (cinemas). Original text and drawings by Ian Appleton 16. Civic Buildings Revised by David Selby (town halls) and Martin Sutcliffe and Neil Sansum of BDP (law courts) 17. Community Centres Jim Tanner 18. Emergency Services Buildings Including Fire stations by Michael Bowman 19. Hospitals Christiane Anders, Claudia Bloom, Vicky Braouzou, Duncan Finch, Mary Reid, Mariangela Zanini of Avanti Architects. Christopher Shaw of Medical Architecture contributed the section on mental hospitals 20. Hotels Fred Lawson 21. Houses and Flats John Chapman 22. Housing for Older People Justin Bannister and Judith Brown 23. Housing for Students and Young People Liz Pride and Michael Ritchie 24. Industrial Facilities 25. Industrial Storage Buildings Revised with advice from Stephen George & Partners 26. Laboratories Revised by Neville Surti. Original text by Neville Surti and Catherine Nikolaou 27. Libraries Brian Edwards with Ayub Khan 28. Masterplanning and Landscaping David Simister with Guy Walters, with contributions by Sarah Burgess, Hugh Barton and Marcus Grant 29. Museums, Art Galleries and Temporary Exhibition Spaces Geoffrey Mathews 30. Offices Frank Duffy with Jack Pringle, Angela Mullarkey and Richard Finnemore of Perkins+Will 31. Payment and Counselling Offices Richard Napier 32. Places of Worship Leslie Fairweather, Ian Brewerton, Atba Al-Samarraie, David Adler and Derek Kemp. Revised by Maurice Walton 33. Primary Health Care Geoffrey Purves 34. Restaurants and Foodservice Facilities Fred Lawson 35. Retail Shops and Stores Fred Lawson 36. Schools Anthony Langan 37. Security and Counter-terrorism Mark Whyte and Chris Johnson 38. Sports Facilities: Indoor and Outdoor Philip Johnson and Tom Jones 39. Streets and Spaces for People and Vehicles Revised by Ben Hamilton-Baillie (introduction, shared space and place-making), James Horne (vehicles, roads and road design) and Sustrans (cycling routes and parking) 40. Studios for Sound and Vision David Binns 41. Transport Terminals and Interchanges Airports revised by Andrew Perez with additional contributions by Richard Chapman. Railways by Declan McCafferty 42. Tropical Design Patricia Tutt 43. Universities Revised by Rupert Goddard and Tony Poole Appendix A - SI System Appendix B - Conversion Factors and Tables Index
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About Pamela Buxton

Pamela Buxton is a freelance architecture and design journalist. She has contributed to many national newspapers, consumer magazines and trade publications, including the architecture publications RIBA Journal and Building Design. She was the editor of 50 Architects 50 Buildings, published by Batsford in 2016.
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